This teak Ship's Bench has a swing back to allow you to choose which side you wish to sit on.
It was not uncommon to wish to change your view on board ship or to move to face the sun. Although the bench is narrow it is still very stable but, with shipboard use in mind, it has a large, ornate gilt brass bolt to fix to the deck at either end. The bench has some carved decoration and fluting etc. Although the dark red leather upholstery has been replaced, the brass star head studs are original. The narrow size of this bench would make it very practical for a hall. It is probable that this bench is from one of the many steamships that operated around the coast of Britain and dates to the late 19th Century.